Monday, January 8, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Anthony Clark, right, with Proviso Township High Schools District 209 school board member Rodney Alexander outside of Proviso East High School in Maywood on Dec. 23. | Paul Goyette
On Dec. 23, Anthony Clark, a community activist and a Democratic candidate running for the 7th Congressional District seat, which is currently held by U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis, attempted to walk the span of the 7th District — which is shaped like a cowboy boot, with the toe facing south.
The district runs from Chicago’s South Side all the way to west to Berkeley. It’s one of the most racially and economically diverse (and among the most gerrymandered) districts in the country.
Clark with supporter Troy LaRaviere, a Chicago educator and potential mayoral candidate, on Chicago’s South Side. | Paul Goyette
Clark started his trek at around 8 a.m., in Chicago’s South Side Englewood neighborhood, ending at around 9 p.m., in Maywood, where he met Proviso Township High Schools District 209 school board member Rodney Alexander.
Alexander gave Clark his rousing endorsement while speaking strongly against Davis, who endorsed the ticket that ran opposed to Clark’s Proviso Together ticket last April.
“We respect Congressman Davis’s lineage and his service to our community, but like everything, change has to come sometimes,” Alexander said. “You need to do your homework and get involved … Let’s have some debates, let’s talk about the issues.”
Clark, whose hands and feet were numb by the time he got to Proviso East High School in Maywood, vowed to continue his walk across the district’s westernmost portion at a later time. VFP
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